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Wed May 24, 2017, 12:24 PM

Interior Dept. censors climate change from news release on coastal flooding: It didnt add anythin

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Interior Dept. censors climate change from news release on coastal flooding: ‘It didn’t add anything’
Study co-author disagrees: “The suppression of this information is a scandal,” part of “a crime against the American people.”

The Department of the Interior deleted a line explaining how climate change drives sea level rise from the news release accompanying a new study on coastal flooding, the Washington Post reported.

Last week, six scientists published a journal article, “Doubling of coastal flooding frequency within decades due to sea-level rise,” which explains that coastal flooding will be much worse than previously expected, explicitly citing the role of “climate change.”

Since three of the scientists were from the Interior Department’s U.S. Geological Survey, the USGS sent out a press release. Typically, these releases rely heavily on the original study and its abstract.

Instead, according to three of the study’s co-authors, the following line was censored from the release: “Global climate change drives sea-level rise, increasing the frequency of coastal flooding.” The significance of the line is underscored by the fact it is the very first line of the study’s abstract. The Post reports that “the decision to change the news release came from officials at the Interior Department itself.”

As a result of this deletion, the news release never explains what is causing the sea level rise. The USGS’s lead press officer, Anne Wade, told the Post, the excised line “didn’t add anything to the overall findings.”

She explained that because climate change causes sea levels to rise is not a new finding, it did not warrant inclusion in the news release.

Unsurprisingly, the co-authors don’t agree. “It did not cause any direct inaccuracy, but it did eliminate an important connection to be made by the reader — that global warming is causing sea-level rise,” geophysicist Chip Fletcher explained to the Post.



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babylonsister May 2017 OP
enough May 2017 #1

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Wed May 24, 2017, 12:29 PM

1. That's what it is: "a crime against the American people." One of many. NT

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